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Morning news headlines for Jan. 21, 2013
Ohioans mark inauguration in Wash. D.C.;  Wind, snow, frigid temps. in forecast; Cribbs earns third Pro Bowl appearance
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
  • Ohioans mark inauguration in Wash. D.C.
  • Republican Chairman proud of MLKJ memory
  • Wind, snow, frigid temps. in forecast
  • Cleveland Museum of Art unveils interactive exhibit
  • Fewer fatal fires in Ohio 
  • State expands crime labs 
  • Stun gun used in video prank
  • Cribbs earns third Pro Bowl appearance
  • Ohioans mark inauguration in Wash. D.C.
    A handful of Ohioans will be front and center for President Barack Obama's inauguration.  Toledo autoworker Kenyetta Jones is one of eight "citizen co-chairs" who've been selected to highlight Obama's first-term accomplishments.  Jones spoke at last year's Democratic National Convention about Obama's work to bailout the auto industry.  The Miami University Marching Band will be in the parade too.  And the former band director at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School wrote musical arrangements for the inauguration.  Ryan Nowlin is an arranger in the U.S. Marine Band. He created the score that the band will play at the swearing-in ceremony.


    Republican Chairman proud of MLKJ memory
    Visitors to the office of Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett over the years have been greeted by a somewhat ironic image.  It's a photograph of Bennett in October 1967 with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.  They were at Lancer's Steakhouse in Cleveland with a group of black business and political leaders.  King was there campaigning for Carl B. Stokes, who became the first big-city black mayor in the country. Bennett was campaign manager to Stokes' Republican opponent, Seth Taft.  Bennett says when King was assassinated less than six months later, their meeting sealed his belief in nonviolent political change.  The chairman says displaying the photo reminds him of the need for mutual respect in politics and continuing to strive for racial diversity in public office.


    Wind, snow, frigid temps. in forecast
    A blast of Arctic air is heading into northeast Ohio.  Frigid temperatures and wind chill factors well below zero are in the forecast for this week.  Some parts of the region could wake up Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with below zero temperatures.  A wind chill advisory goes into effect tonight through Tomorrow morning.  A Lake effect snow warning has been issued for parts of Northeast Ohio.  This warning is in effect for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.  The National Weather Service is predicting up to a foot of snow along the eastern lakeshore by Wednesday morning.


    Cleveland Museum of Art unveils interactive exhibit 
    The Cleveland Museum of Art is opening a high-tech gallery meant to electronically connect art fans and the museum's renowned collection.  It's called Gallery One and opens today.  Gallery One has a 40-foot multi-touch screen that displays images of more than 3,500 items from the collection.  It will allow visitors to match their faces to works of art or strike a pose from a Rodin sculpture.  The museum is normally closed on Mondays but is opening for a series of special events marking the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


    Fewer fatal fires in Ohio
    The state fire marshal says fire-related deaths in Ohio dropped significantly last year, with one possible factor being the unusually mild winter.  The preliminary figure of 106 fatalities dropped by about 17 percent from 2011, which also saw a major drop from 2010.  Cuyahoga County led the state with 16 fire deaths, followed by Franklin and Lucas counties, each with six fatalities.  Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says the cause of the majority of fatal fires was undetermined. Smoking and cooking led the categories when the cause was known.  Flowers says mild temperatures through March last year may have played a role since heating sources can sometimes lead to an increase in fires in the coldest months.


    State expands crime labs 
    Law enforcement officers who have evidence to submit to the state's crime lab now have a new drop-off point in eastern Ohio.  Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state has opened a new regional office for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Cambridge.  The building also will accommodate agents investigating crimes in the area.  The office will be open every other Wednesday for evidence receiving, and agents will also provide onsite polygraph testing for investigators by appointment.  The Bureau of Criminal Investigation's headquarters is in London, Ohio. Other lab offices are in Richfield, Athens, Bowling Green, and Youngstown.  Improving the crime lab and the time it takes to process evidence has been a priority for DeWine since taking office in 2011.


    Stun gun used in video prank
    Police in Cleveland say two men posing as a TV news crew recorded a stun gun attack on a man outside a convenience store.  Officers say the men told them that they were shocking victims for fun and recording it.  The two men were arrested last week and have pleaded not guilty to assault. A 15-year-old who told police that he shocked the victim was turned over to children's services.  The Plain Dealer says the victim was a group home resident and that he was shocked in the neck.  The victim told police a similar attack had happened to another group home resident.  Officers arrested the two men and confiscated a digital video camera and a high-voltage stun gun.


    Cribbs earns third Pro Bowl appearance
    Cleveland Kick returner Josh Cribbs was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Sunday, replacing Baltimore's Jacoby Jones.   Players on teams that reach the Super Bowl do not play in the Pro Bowl, which will be played next Sunday in Hawaii.  This is Cribbs' third Pro Bowl selection. He also went to Hawaii after the 2007 and 2009 seasons as the AFC's kick returner.  Other Cleveland Browns joining the AFC team, are left tackle Joe Thomas and place-kicker Phil Dawson.

     

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